Caitlyn Jenner is under fire – after she met with a pastor who led the charge in repealing an LGBT rights law earlier this year.
The city of Houston, Texas faced a battle over the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance – the only law in the city providing basic protections for LGBT workers as there is no federal or state law protecting workers from discrimination on the grounds of sexuality or gender identity.
However, voters opted to repeal the law last month, after opponents led by powerful local church groups exploited trans protections to claim in election ads that the law lets sex offenders into women’s bathrooms.
That does not appear to have dissuaded former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner, however – who met with one of the pastors who fought to repeal the law for her reality series ‘I Am Cait’.
Jenner attended the Christmas pageant at Houston’s Second Baptist Church and prayed with Pastor Ed Young – who has ties with a group that aired a shocking ad depicting a little girl getting raped in a bid to stop the law.
In a speech prior to the vote, Young had claimed of the LGBT rights law: “It opens up our city to something that I think is absoultely godless. I speak out on a very serious moral issue.
“Those of us who believe men should use men’s facilities and women should use women’s facilities, we will be discriminated against.
“It is totally deceptive and it is deadly – and I trust that you will vote no, no, no… it will carry our city further down the road of being totally secular and godless.”
Despite his comments, Jenner visited the church while filming an episode of her reality show – attending the Christmas pageant and praying with the pastor.
The pastor’s son, Ed Young Jr, wrote of the pair’s exchange: “Dad always taught me to love and pray for everyone. Tonight he prayed with Caitlyn Jenner who attended the service.”
It’s not the first time Jenner has caused controversy. She recently apologised after claiming that trans people who look like “a man in a dress” make people uncomfortable.
Her comments led many less well-off trans people to point out they don’t have the hundreds of thousands of dollars she is thought to have spent transitioning.
Watch a shocking scare ad from the Campaign for Houston, which has ties with Pastor Young and his church, below: